Certificate no 2737
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Lighter
Location Colchester
Vessel type Lighter
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Cook, James W, Wivenhoe
Built in 1961
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
74.00 feet (22.56 m)
Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
2.00 feet (0.61 m)
Air Draft
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Tonnage: Gross


BLACKSMITH is a lighter of steel construction built by Cooks Shipyard in Wivenhoe in 1961.  The present owner raised the vessel from the river bed in 2010 following its sinking due to a burst water pipe.Since then it has been stripped back to bare steel and substantially restored it to make it habitable  A new wheelhouse was built between April 2011 and April 2013.  It is believed that the vessel is one of the last three of its type built at Cooks Shipyard at Wivenhoe.

Key dates

  • 1961

    Built by Cooks Boatyard at Wivenhoe

  • 2010

    Raised from the river bed

  • 2011/2013

    Substantial restoration and new wheelhouse fitted. New engine and hydraulics fitted

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